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Note from the President

To the Virginia Tech community,

Our university is a vibrant, creative space that continues to grow as we attract new talent and partners with increasingly diverse backgrounds and perspectives.  Innovation thrives in an environment with open dialogue and a free flow of ideas, as does occasional tension and conflict. 

At Virginia Tech, we seek to communicate across our differences with respect and civility, and I encourage everyone to talk directly with your manager or peers about workplace concerns and disagreements.  I also understand that sometimes you may feel your voice is not being heard.  When entrenched viewpoints, processes, and barriers seem difficult to overcome, or there is a perceived risk in speaking out, the Virginia Tech Ombuds programs can help.  The University Ombuds Office and the Office of the Ombudsperson for the Graduate School work together to provide a comprehensive resource for all members of the Virginia Tech community.

The Ombuds offices provide a confidential, informal space where you can speak freely and be heard by a neutral and respectful listener.  An ombudsperson can help you navigate through a challenging situation by exploring options, discussing strategies, facilitating dialogue, and referring you to formal university resolution resources if needed.   Please take a moment to learn more about the Ombuds services available to you, especially if you are not sure where to turn for help.

Over time, unresolved issues can become unhealthy, affecting your wellbeing, the success of your unit or department, and the strength of our community.  Please consider reaching out while problems are still small, and respectful solutions are easier to achieve.

Thank you for all you do to support Virginia Tech.  


Timothy D. Sands